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Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA

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97
world-class

1,355 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,355
Hads: 10,063
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 25%
Wants: 748
Gots: 2,629 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nrs207 on 08-21-2012

Listing for all Stone Enjoy By xx.xx.xx IPA beers.

 http://www.stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/ 

You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers - especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs - we've taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We've not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you're getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn't randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we've sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.
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Photo of cfalls
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 4.20 on 3.05.

Clear gold -- no cloudiness. Head made of tiny bubbles, lots of lacing.

Mild fruity smell, hint of onion. Freshness is noticeable.

Taste continues with fruit, hint of onion, and super dank. Some malt sweetness peeks through. Bitter, but not more than you'd expect for a DIPA.

A bit too much alcohol burn on this one for everyday drinking, in my opinion. Also the syrupy/oily feel contributes to feeling of heft.

If you prefer dank/fruit hop flavors over floral/pine, this could be one of your favorite IPAs. Very fresh example of that style. For me it's just a solid option. I love the clear labelling and hope it sets an example for other breweries.

Also, this is way better than their old DIPA, Ruination.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 04.01.13

A – The beer pours an incredibly clear and filtered golden orange, almost the like the color of Honey. A foamy two finger head formed as I poured it into my crate and barrel snifter. The head seemed to stick around for some time eventually receding leaving behind some serious lacing.

S – The aroma of this batch is less pungent than I remember from previous examples of the beer, but it still is very citrus forward, with tones of lemon zest, fresh squeezed orange juice and the traditional pineapple an mango hints. There is a strong hop presence with this beer, as its fairly piney and resiny.

T – Huge, bitter resinous hop flavors dominate the front of the beer, followed by the citrusy components I detected in the aroma. Although delicious, this is a very bitter beer, unlike Sucks or Heady which are very tropical and citrus forward. That’s not a negative nock against the beer, just an observation. The taste finishes of very dry with slight bready malt flavors.

M – Fairly light mouth. Fairly astringent (not in a bad way) with a nice dry finish. The high abv is undetectable as I feel little to no heat from the beer.

O – This is not the first Enjoy By I’ve had as its come around my area twice now. I regret not reviewing it the first time as I thought that batch was significantly better. Part of me is really disappointed by the inconsistency I perceive from batch to batch, but the other part of me is loving the brilliance and the quality of this beer. The idea of dating the beers like this is brilliant and I will continue to buy them every chance get because I will always know how old they are without digging for the date. Well done Stone!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 09.13.13
Bottled 08/09/13

A= Pours a beautiful translucent dehydrated piss yellowish orange color with a nice thick two fingers of head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is wonderful. Big bright hops. Potent as hell I can smell it from a ways away from the glass. Nice and grapefruity smelling.

T= The taste is no different. It has a big grapefruit taste to it. Like a super bright in season ruby red. This baby is rolling on all cylinders with the hops that's for sure.

M= This is perfectly carbonated.

O= This is a great beer. I grabbed it on the last day and it's still drinking like a champ. I would drink this tomorrow even if Stone doesn't recommend it.

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Photo of rkf1976
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 09.13.13, Enjoy By 11.12.13, Enjoy By 2.14.14, Enjoy By 4.20.14, Enjoy By 12.26.14, Enjoy By 02.14.15, Enjoy By 4.20.15, Enjoy By 7.5.15, Enjoy By 10.31.15

A - looks great, like an IPA should.

S - smells wonderful, just as a hop head like myself had dreamed of.

T - out of this world!

M - hardy and full of citrusy hops.

O - this is up there with the best of 'em my friends. Stone has knocked another one out of the park, not too many competitors able to touch this one! Simply amazing.

Post Initial Review Note: 09.13.13 was close to a perfect 5! 11.13.13 not as good, recommendation is to try many releases as possible and often! 2.14.14 closer to 9.13.13 release, great stuff Stone! 4.20.14 release was superb, really not digging the 12.26.14 release, maybe next time! 02.14.15 was excellent! 04.20.15 amazing! 07.04.15 just okay. 10.31.15 getting back up there, great stuff!

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Photo of Davidstan
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First sip wow what an amazing combination of flavors. I really liked the whole experience and worth the extra cost. Dank, citrusy and fruity with a finish with balance and no aftertaste negatives.

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Photo of JayQue
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really great DIPA. Just finished the "Enjoy by 05/17/13. Everything I would look for in a DIPA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. A hard pour gives a medium sized whit frothy head with good retention and some lacing.

Great aroma of piney hops.

Taste is great as well, mostly piney hops with some floral hops. Bitterness is just right. This one ranks up there with Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig and other great DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp with just the right bitterness and even a soft pillowy feel.

This one is top shelf; Great offering from Stone.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 2.15.13 opened on 1.25.13.

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a small, light tan head with good retention.

S - Very grassy, like fresh mowed lawn, some slight grapefruit.

T - Grass, light citrus, grapefruit again.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Lots of grass, a touch of bitter, but pretty good.

Edit: 4.20.13 batch

More bready and sweet than the previous bottle. Sticky and chewy in the mouth. I prefer the previous batch.

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Photo of FranklinPaine
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-25-15 Interesting beer to say the least! The 1st glass was fresh & crisp with no noticeable ABV and it almost resembled a "session" beer because of it's drinkability. SCARY because it is actually 9.4%! 2nd glass was with spicy food and it held up to it fantastically. This beer shines tremendously with the addition of food. The hops are clean and cut through perfectly with out being overbearing. This is a beer that seems OK until you get further into it then it shines. Excellent and a perfect spicy food paring!

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber, bottled on 3/15. 4 days old!

A: Clear, straw colored body. Typical of most Stone IPAs. Nice head and retention.

S: Citrus fruit cocktail, hops and a hint of alcohol. Just a huge nose.

T: Huge hop flavor on the front of the tongue, tropical fruit. Mild bitterness. Very light malt backbone with a dry finish.

M: Good carbonation. Really a pleasure to drink for a 9.4% beer.

O: Great beer. I'll pick up a bottle again if I see it.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive IPA, love the devastatingly dank 420 feel/taste of the whole beer. It's drinkability with a 9.4% abv is truly amazing. Recent drinker of stone living on the east coast but is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries, well done to everyone at Stone!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. 10-31-15 batch. Pours clear bright copper orange, thick white head, great retention and gobs of lace. Great looking brew. A lot going on in the aroma, floral and fruity, pine notes, touch of alcohol. Very clean taste of toasted malt, resiny pine and flowers. Balanced well but leaning on the sweet side, a little different than I recall the earlier batches which I believe we're more dank and hop forward. But could just be my palate after so many great DIPAs. Mouthfeel is thin to medium but slippery. Semi dry finish, bitterness lingers just right amount, tad of alcohol comes out. This is a very good DIPA that's readily available when it hits, always have to try it.

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Photo of adkrogue
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: copper, clear, white head, lacing, good head retention
S: pine, grapefruit, veggies
T: bitter punch, subtle alcohol, hop sensation overload, fresh, delicious, every hop characteristic is here.
M: medium, lighter than expected, crisp, dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of govlady
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7/4/2015

A: yellow with carbonation. a decent amount of foam that dissapears quickly, leaving edging along the glass
S: can smells the hops, pine, a little bit of citrus
T: tastes like it smells for the most part, not too bitter, can sense maybe a little bit more fruit
M: medium bodied, very drinkable IPA
O: very easy to drink IPA, also tastes very fresh and delicious. I always try to buy one of these guys when they come out in MO a couple times a year

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Photo of PCole
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 2/14/16 - poured from a bomber bottled 1/9/16 into a tulip on 1/24/16

Look: Amber, semi-translucent. A little hazy. Finger of off-white/yellow head. Large fluffy bubbles. Good retention with moderate lacing. Easily roused to a finger-height head with little agitation

Smell: Incredibly tropical and fruity. Mango, guava, peach, apricot. Mild pine and resin but the fruits predominate. Increasing pine character as it warms.

Taste: Typical pine and resin. Nothing surprising. But of orange-juice / rind

Feel: Fairly high carbonation. Deceivingly thick mouthfeel. Fair amount of alcoholic heat but I wouldn't place it at 9.4%

Overall: Great stuff. Absolutely intoxicating aroma and very balanced flavor. My first of the Enjoy By series and definitely not the last.

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Photo of levineju
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 4/20/2014, bottled on 3/13/2014, and consumed on 3/21/2014. Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bomber into a Stone company imperial pint glass.

A - very appealing pale honey. Outstanding off-white head and lacing that lasts.

S - powerful hops, bright, crisp citrus and pine.

T - they're not kidding: this is about as fresh as you can get by bottle! Gorgeous IPA profile; not medicinal at all.

M - the volatiles mellow out off the pour, but some light carbonation remains. Not too sharp.

O - I never thought a dIPA could be so refreshing, especially from Stone. Great beer, and feel that much luckier living so close to Escondido.

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Photo of CJRubes
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 2-14-14 poured into a Tree House Brewing tulip glass.

A - Poured with a relatively thin, but fluffy, white head. As it dissipates it leaves some nice, sticky lacing on the glass. Color is dark gold/amber which looks quite appealing.

S - Big time citrusy and fruity hops up front. I'm getting lots of pineapple with some mango mixed in. There are some hints of pine/resin in the background but I feel they're overwhelmed by pineapple/mango. I'm not noticing any malt character or any presence of alcohol. Wonderful smelling IPA...one of the best I've experienced so far, IMO.

T - Some malt sweetness right up front that explodes into pure, bitter hop flavor. Unlike the smell I'd characterize the hop flavor as dank and resinous. There are some tropical fruit flavors in there (mango, papaya?) but the pine/resin flavors are right in my face. I love it. I find the flavor, overall, to be more on the bitter side compared to some other IPAs and DIPAs I've had. The finish is dry and bitter, though not at all unpleasant.

M - Medium to light carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for an IPA with such big flavor. With that said, it is a very crisp IPA that's quite refreshing considering that it's over 9% ABV.

O - Excellent DIPA. I'm glad I was able to find this one while out and about at my local beer store. This one is definitely for beer lovers who enjoy the bitterness that hops bring to the table. I'll be keeping my eyes open for the next installment.

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Photo of BB1313
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 09.13.13... bottled on 8/9/13. I've had a few vintages from this series in the past. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful transparent golden with a slight haze, fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great rentention and lacing. The aromas are great and full of sticky mango, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, lime zest. It's extremely tropical. There's some pine needles in the mix as well. The flavors are wonderful, but not aggressively bitter. There's a subtle amount of malts that give this one a decent sweetness. There's a little bit of pine in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied; moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed and this is extremely easy to drink.

Ultimately, the flavors and aromas remind me alot of the stellar IPA/DIPAs out there. There's not much to complain about. This is a very enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of zac16125
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tulip
Enjoy by 04-01-13

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with just over 1 fingers width of only slightly off white colored head. Decent retention. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Big, dank, resinous hop aromas. Juniper, pine. Very herbaceous. Sweet malt is present which providers a firm backbone. Hints of citrus with grapefruit and citrus rind. Awesome aroma.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the nose, but tasty nonetheless. Strong malt presence. Hop bitterness. The hop characters area mostly pine, along with lemon zest/orange peel.

M/D: Great mouthfeel. So smooth for the style, perfect amount of carbonation, no hint of the ABV, and drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, this is a great DIPA. Im so glad the guys at my local bottle shop made me aware that there were a couple of these in the back! Just another beer to add to the list of great hoppy offerings from Stone. Im really not sure if anyone does hoppy beers better than these guys. Consistently pumping out great beers like Stone does is impressive. Looking forward to drinking this again in the future.

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Photo of NO_FRILLS
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- golden to amber...
S- super concentrated, layered hop explosion... loads of citrus and tropicality with some of the earthy esters of pine cone, and forest as well
T- a bit alcoholic, bursting pine and lemon pith, fruity notes of ripe pineapple, bubblegummy cherry and berry notes, slight savory notes of dank cheese and garlic
M-Little hot, but super complex and full on the palate
O- Will wait until closer to the enjoy by date for the next one feel like the beer was perhaps still a little disjointed would love to get a rounder feel from the malt bill which felt a bit obtuse and not yet fully settled in the bottle (is bottle shock possible in beer like wine- this is what i feel may have been going on here). Very Good, about on par with a Green Flash Imperial...

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Photo of wiegs4life
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a goblet. This was the newest version of the best by series (by 11.12.13). I thought this beer was outstanding. Very mellow for a double. It poured like most IPAs with the golden hue with average head. Smell was good, but not anything special. Overall, it was outstanding. I was mightily impressed by Stone with this one.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, kegged on 1/11/13, served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear orange color, topped with an inch of creamy khaki head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Really awesome and complex hop aroma, has a huge grapefruit, citrus and pine aroma, but also some floral and earthy hop aroma, maybe a hint of onion too.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of bright, vibrant and complex hop flavors ranging from pine/citrus to earthy and floral. Malt is light and bready, alcohol is invisible.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth feel with a dry finish.

O- A delicious beer, one of my favorites from Stone along with Ruination 10th Anniversary, any fan of Stone or anyone who wants a tasty, fresh DIPA should seek this out.

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Photo of mvice001
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a general review. I don't want to get into the exact details. This beer is not jaw dropping. It is not a Pliny, Hopslam, or even a Nugget Nectur. But, this beer sends a message to IPA beer lovers. That message is freshness. While it is not anywhere near the best IPA I have ever tasted, it is one of the freshest and I think that this concept is missing. As a IPA drinker I have been feeling that sometimes I'm cheated. Nugget Nectur ( I consider this an IPA even though it is an IAPA) is one of my favorites, but I always feel like I have to buy it when it first comes out. If I don't, I run the risk of buying an old batch in which the hops are gone and it taste not the way it is intended. Ever wondered about the "create your own 6 pack" special at some beer stores. Yea.. don't do it with IPAs because the single beers they sell in that form is always three months old. So... while it is not the best IPA, it is an IPA that I would rather drink than a 3 months old Hopslam. You have to respect a company that takes the quality of their beer seriously and that is why I will probably continue to wait and stalk a beer store for when they receive an "enjoy by."

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Photo of Swarlos1030
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review! Batch 12.21.12

A - Pours a crystal-clear golden yellow. A fairly aggressive pours yields a solid inch+ of frothy white head that dissipates pretty rapidly. some sticky lacing ling as i drink this one down.

S - Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple, Grapefruit, a bit of grass, Passion fruit, and just a touch of lemon rind. I also get a touch of crackery malt.

T - Follows the nose pretty closely. A hint of pine right up front followed by grapefruit, and earthy hops. Bready malt on the back end leaves it nice and balanced.

M - Light/Medium bodied with good carbonation. Dryer than I remember the first batch.

O - Much better than I remember the first batch being. Very hop forward, but somehow nicely balanced at the same time.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a copious amount of head which has pretty good retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which glows a little bit lighter when held up to the light. Some lacing left behind.

Nose- Very warm and inviting. The most dominant note that I get is peach and more peach. There is some orange and citrus as well. Some melon and tropical fruit.

Taste- The flavor profile begins with citrus which is followed by lots of peach, melon, and tropical fruit. Obviously very reflective of the head. Ends with a nice finish of pine and resin and the kind of spiciness you tend to get from really fresh hops. Solid, very good imperial. There is a dollop of honey and caramel on the finish. This seems a little odd to me as most IIPAs that I've had show their malt notes in the middle. There are nectar and floral notes as well. I don't detect any heat at all. The beer has incredible balance and integration. It has a good amount of juiciness which has become standard for IIPAs these days.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with a little bit of syrup. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Very well rounded for an IIPA. Very easy drinking. And the price point of 7 bucks a bomber is pretty much unbeatable for a quality beer of this style. No heat at all.

Overall- Very good beer, solid IIPA. Very fresh and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a matching Stone pint glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden copper color. A white finger appears atop and fades back leaving patchy lace on the glass. A swirl revives a finger effortlessly.

The aroma is quite juicy with hops. Very tropical smelling with herbs and pine to give depth. A little catty, dank and floral character is also thrown in there. Really a lovely bouquet of hop aromatics that doesnt really leave any room for other attributes like malt or even alcohol.

The taste is all hops. The flavor runs the entire hop gauntlet from tropical fruits and grapefruit to pine resin, dank herbs and even catty quality before getting rindy and pithy. This is so hoppy that is has a dusty hop flavoring that is slightly vegetative towards the finish but in a good way.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Despite displaying a ridiculous amount of hop flavor, it is not overly bitter. For being more than 9% abv, the alcohol is hidden really, really well. I would most certainly drink this again.

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.